How To Prevent Pitching Injuries


How To Prevent Pitching Injury by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse talks about how to prevent common pitching injuries and their causes. Pitchers have a violent movement when pitching the softball because of the explosive movement towards the catcher. Bill covers 4 of the most recognized injuries softball pitchers complain about and the preventative steps to recognizing what you are doing incorrectly.

Four Common Injuries:
1. Shoulder soreness in the front – Most common reason, the elbow is locked as they throw the ball.
2. Shoulder soreness in the back – Most common reason is the ball/arm is to far from the head when the arm makes the circle for the pitch.

Things to look at, Is her arm stiff and locked in the rotation, is her arm to far away from her head during pitch. Straighten the arm during the pitch don’t lock

3. Lower Back Pain – Caused by the pounding when “landing” during pitch release.
4. Tendonitis in the knee – Caused from landing on hard surface as those who practice indoors.

Things to work on, strength training and conditioning in her core, and around the knees.

Bill Recommends:
The Mckenzie method of back treatment – series of stretches and preventative maintenance. http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm

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Changes In Fastpitch Softball Pitching Motion


Changes In Fastpitch Softball Pitching Motion by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the change in what you see in pitching motions of pitcher’s on TV at the collegiate level in fast pitch softball, and why? Bill highlights one of the biggest changes pitcher’s have made today is turning or twisting their body to hide the ball from the opposing pitching coach. He also breaks down the motion and concept behind his fastpitch pitching technique.

YOU WILL ALSO LEARN:

  • How this motion negatively impacts balance
  • Proper ways to conceal the softball
  • Changing grips and preparing to throw the softball

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How To Use The Double Ball

How To Use The Double Ball To Teach The Rise Ball In Fastpitch Softball by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the use of one of his products called the Double Ball. Bill highlights the biggest advantage pitcher’s can gain from using the Double Ball to learn to throw the rise ball pitch, faster. He also breaks down the proper way to use the Double Ball and the pitching motion behind getting the backspin.

YOU WILL ALSO LEARN:

  • The proper spin for the rise ball pitch
  • Correct ways to grip the softball
  • Twisting your fingers not bending at the wrist

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What Is The Spin Rate For A Breaking Pitch?

What is the spin rate for a breaking pitch? by Dr. Sherry Werner PhD Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Dr. Sherry Werner covers the measurement and spin rate for a fastpitch softball breaking pitch using the RevFire Training Tool.

Dr. Werner recommends by the time your a junior pitcher to have your speed up to 20+ revolutions per sec (rps) for all your pitches, and to never stop working on your spin rate. Batter’s can catch up to a pitch that has a slow spin rate.

Fastpitch Softball Spin Rate Measurements:

High School,

  • Average: 17-18 rps
  • Good: 19-21 rps
  • Excellent: 22+ rps

College Level,

  • Average: 20-21 rps
  • Good: 22-24 rps
  • Excellent: 25+ rps

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What Is The Speed Of A Change Up Pitch?

What Is The Speed Of A Change Up Pitch? by Dr. Sherry Werner Ph’D Produced By Gary Leland

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What Is The Pitch Speed Of An Average College Pitcher? –

What Is The Pitch Speed Of An Average High School Pitcher? by Dr. Sherry Werner Ph’D Produced By Gary Leland

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